Readers, I've tweaked my polka-dot shirts once again.
Looking at a few of the photos from Wednesday's Pattern Review anniversary party, I noticed that, from certain angles, the color blocked shirt looked like the red portion was draping slightly differently than the black. I wanted to reinforce that diagonal seam so that the two pieces hung more like one.
Here's what I did:
1) I grabbed a roll of "Hug Snug" rayon seam binding and cut two pieces the length of the front and back diagonal seams.
2) I cut a length of fusible web, sliced it down the center so it was narrower than the seam binding and, with my iron, fused it onto each diagonal seam.
3) I then stitched the binding down on each seam allowance. This way I don't have to worry about the fusible web not holding.
Maybe it's all in my mind, but to me it looks like the shirt drapes much better.
Next up, my solid red shirt: I decided that the collar would look better buttoned down. I had never made a button-down shirt collar before, so I copied what I saw on a RTW button-down shirt I own.
1) I found some shirt buttons from my button stash even tinier than the ones I normally use on a shirt front.
2) I made two small buttonholes at each collar point and reinforced them with Fray Check.
3) I added buttons to the shirt at the exact place I wanted to the collar to be secured. I backed each button with a tiny piece of cotton fabric. I may do this over with something a little thicker, like a small circle of wool. This is so the button doesn't damage the fabric should it pull. Do you ever reinforce buttons that way?
I really like the way this came out. It's a slightly preppy touch that I think improves the shirt. A new photo shoot may be in order.
I think I am truly done with these! I mean, what else is there?
In closing, readers, are you inclined to fuss with finished projects, tweaking them endlessly? If so, do you consider this an obsessive/compulsive disorder, or rather a healthy revisiting (with fresh eyes) and seeing room for improvement?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!